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21  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 22, 2014 06:35:09 AM
Prompt:  June - Take a Hike
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Foodology
Project Name: Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding! Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
Project Link: http://utah.todaysmama.com/2012/11/22/recipe-for-slow-cooker-cashew-chicken/
Brief Description: Many hours of watching cartoons as a kid has led me to believe that people who go on hikes are constantly finding nuts, berries, and other edible goodies while trekking.  (Personally, I would not know, because I live in a large city in South Texas where one has to drive everywhere and it is rather too hot to walk outside much of the time.)  Anywho, after posting my "Womp-Womp" Sesame Chicken in the HPC thread, Mistress Jennie recommended a couple of her go-to recipes, one of which was this Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken featuring, you guessed it, cashew nuts.  And guess what y'all?  Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding we have a winner!  LEAGUES better than the first one I posted.  It was soooo incredibly moist, the meat actually pulled apart like pulled pork.
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I followed the recipe exactly, but while DH ate his chicken on top of quinoa, I de-glazed the pan I had browned the chicken pieces in with some white wine and then sautéed baby kale with red pepper flakes, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Ermahgash so good!
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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 22, 2014 06:24:07 AM
That Team Emblem looks great, teag!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Mistress Jennie's Much-Better-Than-Mine Asian Slow Cooker Chicken
Project Page Link (if available): http://utah.todaysmama.com/2012/11/22/recipe-for-slow-cooker-cashew-chicken/
Brief Description: You may recall that for my SoAR assignment, I conjured a slow-cooker Asian chicken that was not so stellar.  (Try saying that five times fast.)  Anywho, I sought to replicate that dish in a much more delicious incarnation, so this time I used Mistress Jennie's patented Dark (Meat) Magic Flavor Enhancing Charm, and it worked like, well, a charm!  DH was thoroughly pleased, and the meat was incredibly moist and juicy (it actually pulled apart like pulled pork).
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I followed the recipe verbatim, but while DH was eating his chicken on top of quinoa, I opted to de-glaze the pan I had browned the chicken in with some white wine and then saut some baby kale with red pepper flakes, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Ohmahgash so good!

Also, a quick question:

#2. Please know that anytime you submit a food as a craft, you MUST submit the complete recipe in order to earn House Points.

If we post a link to the recipe on a different website in the "Project Page Link" section of the header, does that fulfill the recipe requirement, or do we need to re-type it here?
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 20, 2014 12:15:00 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup June - Japan
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Ghibli Matryoshka ATC
Brief Description: Over the last 15-ish years, anime has probably assumed the role of Japan's leading pop-culture export, and one of the most prominent examples of anime is Studio Ghibli.  Sometimes referred to as the "Disney of Japan", Studio Ghibli films feature a tone that is always family friendly (but with a serious/wistful note that somehow seems very Japanese, and makes them engaging for adults as well), and are famous for their iconic characters.  This card opens up three times to reveal 4 different characters from various Ghibli films: Kaonashi from "Spirited Away", Calcifer from "Howl's Moving Castle", Little Totoro from "My Neighbor Totoro", and a Soot Sprite from "My Neighbor Totoro/Spirited Away".  (The soot sprite is carrying konpeito, a Japanese crystal/star shaped sugar candy, which it eats in the latter film.)  Fun fact: The design idea was borrowed from a matryoshka card blupaisan sent me in my very first ATC swap here on Craftster.
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24  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 20, 2014 11:56:36 AM
Ezri_B, that is too funny!  Definitely the most original award presentation I've ever seen.  Wink

Here's the last of the first wave of cards I've made for the June Ongoing ATC Swap.

Prompt:  Team Spirit - Fandom
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Paperology
Project Name: Ghibli Matryoshka ATC
Brief Description: In high school, I loved anime (it's what lead me to study and later major in Japanese in college).  While it is not a very big part of my life anymore, I still have a soft spot for Studio Ghibli films.  I love Ghibli films for their tone (always family friendly, but with a serious/wistful note that somehow seems very Japanese and makes them engaging for adults as well), and their iconic characters.  This card opens up three times to reveal 4 different characters from various Ghibli films: Kaonashi from "Spirited Away", Calcifer from "Howl's Moving Castle", Little Totoro from "My Neighbor Totoro", and a Soot Sprite from "My Neighbor Totoro/Spirited Away".  (The soot sprite is carrying konpeito, a Japanese crystal/star shaped sugar candy, which it eats in the latter film.)  The design idea was borrowed from a matryoshka card blupaisan sent me in my very first ATC swap here on Craftster.
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25  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: June 20, 2014 11:26:20 AM
Amaranth_in_oz claimed me for "Foreign Languages", and sent me this gorgeous card:



The sign on the card says "Bunga-Bunga Kecil", which is Indonesian for "little flowers".  Awesome, thanks!  The coloring is beautiful, did you use copics?
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26  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: June 18, 2014 08:17:41 PM
Yep, I'm posting pictures of my received shrine before I've even started working on mine!  ( Cheesy!  And also,  Shocked).

First of all, everything was wrapped up beautifully in red, white, and aqua, one of my favorite non-traditional color combos for Christmas:



I received an AMAZING Virgin Mary shrine.  So much detail packed into such a tiny space!



I especially love the beautiful painted flowers, the "crown" of matchstick heads at the top, and the unblinking eye at the bottom.  So cool!



I apologize for the poor photo quality -- there is absolutely no well-lit place to take photos inside my house, and the weather is supposed to be stormy outside for a couple of days.  rackycoo, please feel free to post any pre-send pics you have, so everyone can appreciate your masterpiece.  Thank you for giving me such an awesome introduction to tin altering!
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 18, 2014 07:06:05 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Boys Do It Better" ATC
Brief Description: I claimed a "yaoi" themed card for the June Ongoing ATC Swap.  The recipient had a yaoi-themed board on her Pinterest, so I chose a bunch of images, printed them out tiny, and Mod Podged them into a collage. The original idea was to have another card on top, with the word "LOVE" cut/punched to serve as a "peekaboo" window to the card underneath, and then the two would be strung together so you could lift the cover and see the collage underneath.  However, I had all manner of technical problems, and finally decided to scrap the cover altogether.  Undecided In an attempt to give purpose to the now totally unnecessary holes on either side of the card, I strung yarn through them and tied a knot at the top, so that the card could be hung from the wall or even the ceiling as a mobile.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"Underwear" ATC
Brief Description: Unsatisfied with just sending out the previous card (since it was a collage of other people's work, and thus not very "Artist"-y on my part), I decided to work out an idea that had been playing in my head which I figured the recipient would like -- a paper doll idea, with interchangeable clothing.  Since we are studying human anatomy in Apparition this term, my assignment prominently features the posterior.  Wink
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Here is the base of the card ("au naturale", if you will):

 
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I placed a strip of magnetic tape on the back of the card, and glued two magnets on top of it into order to increase the strength of the attraction.  (Yes, that's the paper cover for the self-adhering side on top, meaning I glued the "face" of the magnet down to the tape.  I tried it the other way at first, but the polarity was messed up and preventing the other magnets from attracting.)



My guy has three different selections of underwear to choose from as he's getting ready in the morning.  First, the everyday look:



Special occasions:



And for those times when he's feeling a little "cheeky" (har-dee-har):

 
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I had so much fun making this second card, so in the end (see what I did there?), I'm glad the first one didn't turn out as planned!
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28  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 18, 2014 06:40:39 AM
Prompt: June Battle Royale - Paper
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Paperology
Project Name: "Boys Do It Better" ATC
Brief Description: I claimed a "yaoi" themed card for the June Ongoing ATC Swap.  The recipient had a yaoi-themed board on her Pinterest, so I chose a bunch of images, printed them out tiny, and Mod Podged them into a collage. The original idea was to have another card on top, with the word "LOVE" cut/punched out to serve as a "peekaboo" window to the card underneath, and then the two would be strung together so you could lift the cover and see the collage.  However, I had all manner of technical problems, and finally decided to scrap the cover altogether.  Undecided (Hence the now totally unnecessarily holes and yarn -- I at least tied the yarn into a knot at the top so the card could be hung from the wall.)
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Prompt: June - Where's Waldo
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Paperology
Project Name: "Underwear" ATC
Brief Description: Unsatisfied with just sending out the previous card (since it was a collage of other people's work, and thus not very "Artist"-y on my part), I decided to work out an idea that had been playing in my head which I figured the recipient would like -- a paper doll idea, with interchangeable clothing.  I got to make use of my magnetic tape and self-adhesive magnets, which are extremely under-utilized supplies in my crafting stash!
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Here is the base of the card ("au naturale", if you will):

 
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I placed a strip of magnetic tape on the back of the card, and glued two magnets on top of it into order to increase the strength of the attraction.  (Yes, that's the paper cover for the self-adhering side on top, meaning I glued the "face" of the magnet down to the tape.  I tried it the other way at first, but the polarity was messed up and preventing the other magnets from attracting.)



My guy has three different selections of underwear to choose from as he's getting ready in the morning.  First, the everyday look:



Special occasions:



And for those times when he's feeling a little "cheeky" (har-dee-har):

 
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This second card was soooo much fun to make, so in the end (see what I did there?), I'm kind of glad the first one didn't work out!
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29  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 16, 2014 06:45:59 PM
Most of my crafting this month has been for the June Round of the Ongoing ATC Swap.  I've sent out the first four cards, and one has already been received, so I finally start to get posting stuff!

Prompt: Team Spirit - Wordy
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Paperology
Project Name: "We'll All Give Thanks" ATC
Brief Description: "To have another language is to possess a second soul."  - Charlemagne.  I claimed CDEeeek for the theme "In a Perfect World", and I was working on this card around Pentecost Sunday.  Our priest referred in his sermon to the birth of the church and the preaching in all languages as "the undoing of Babel", and I rather liked that idea.  In the context of the quote, I like to think of the second soul as the Holy Spirit: In a Perfect World, as we reach out to each other and try to be kind and understand each person on his/her own terms (in his her own language), we achieve something holy.  This card features the word "thanks" in at least a couple dozen different languages.
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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: June 16, 2014 06:21:18 PM
I have mostly been working on ATCs for the June round of the Ongoing Swap so far this month.  Thankfully, four have been sent, and the first one has now been received, so I finally start getting to post some projects.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
"We'll All Give Thanks" ATC
Brief Description: I claimed CDEeeek for the theme "In a Perfect World...", and so I finished that with the sentiment "we'll all give thanks."  It meets the Charms prompt pretty literally -- the card says "thanks" in dozens of languages.  It is watercolor pencil with a little bit of black outlining.
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Normally I wouldn't show the back of a regular card, but for the very first time, I wrapped the design around the back and tried doing mitered corners.  I messed up the measurements horribly, but nevertheless I like the visual look and will practice incorporating this (more neatly) into future cards.

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